The First Age: "Age of Titans"

The Growing Darkness


The gods had foreseen that the Younger Races will be the ones to overcome the Impending Horror. They decreed that the Elder Races were to teach and take care of the Younger Races. On worlds across the universe, great cities of immense proportions arose. Great wonders were created there, and they were centers of learning. All tribes lived in harmony under the tutelage of the Elder Races. All needs and wants were fulfilled, and there was not pain or suffering. It was truly a time of paradise.

Over time, though, the unity the three Creator Gods had when they fled their own universe began to crumble. The different viewpoints each of the Three had in how to continue building their universe became more and more pronounced.

Kaï-den wished to guide the Younger Races to work together for the common good. Only by working together in harmony can they have the strength to repel any invasion from the Elder Horrors.

Illia advocated to minimize as much as possible their involvement with the development of the universe. Allow life and the energies of the universe unfold as they will, stepping in only if the balance of creation is threatened.

Zhao-Kahn urged that they should directly control all of the universe, to use it as they must to destroy the Elder Horrors when they come for them. They must constantly push their children to be strong, weeding out the weak.

An open conflict between the three gods was out of the question, as the powers they wielded would destroy what they had created. Instead, it was agreed that they would resolve their differences through proxies. They would teach their new children each their own philosophy, and they would let them decide which is the better choice.

However, in the darkest parts of the universe, in the most hidden and deepest pits of the lower planes, beings existed that sought to destroy what the gods created.

They would be called kalidevas. Strangely enough, the empty void where the Creator Gods conceived their new home reacted negatively to its creation, the very antithesis of nothingness. Although the void itself had no consciousness, reactions occurred that aimed at destroying the creation. When sentience emerged within the universe, so too did it emerge in those reactions, forming the kalidevas, evil spirits whose very nature desired the destruction of creation. They were the First Evil.

Over time, the kalidevas seduced many of the Elder Races to the darkness, corrupting them with wicked thoughts and vile desires for more power. They began to believe themselves superior, that their work and the universe were rightfully theirs to rule. They turned against the gods, becoming jealous of their positions and power.

Abandoning their bestowed duties, they rose up against the gods, forming an army, and waged a war of conquest upon their former masters. A full third of the Host rebelled, demanding it was they, and not the Younger Races, that deserved the gifts of the gods. Two thirds of the Titans wished to have the power of the gods for themselves. The Fey split into two factions, one wanting nothing more than to freeze the universe as it is and keeping it that way. The Dragons split into three factions, one that desired everything for themselves, and one that wanted no involvement with either side.

The rebels were known as the Forsaken, and the few who remained loyal were known as the Faithful. The Forsaken were led by the former leader of the Celestial Host, known as the One Who Shines Brightest, and the Tiamat, the Queen of Dragons. A great war ravaged across the universe and the outer planes, allowing the kalidevas to prey upon the Younger Races and corrupting them. However, the Younger Races were taught well by the Elder Races, and fought back against the First Evil and their servants.

For tens of millenia they warred, with gods dying, races becoming extinct, and the universe itself changing. This event became known as the Great Rebellion. Eventually, the gods were victorious over their rebellious children. They cursed the Forsaken, throwing them down from their exalted positions.

The rebel Celestials were cast down into the lower planes, becoming the first devils known as the Fallen. Their leader, who then became known as the Great Adversary, forced them to follow his rule. Those who rebelled against him were cast down even further, becoming the first demons.

The rebel Titans were cursed to have their lineage forever debased, their progeny doomed to lose their beauty, power and knowledge, and their race would grow forever weaker, giving birth to the race of Giants.

The rebel Dragons were cursed to lose their splendor and wisdom. The brilliant shine of their scales faded, and no longer did they retain inner serenity of mind, soul, body, and magic, forever doomed to be a shadow of their former glory. These would become the dragons of simple colors, the Gloom Dragons.

The rebel Fey repented during the war, and were allowed to retain most of their power and position. However, as punishment, the gods removed all warmth and happiness from them. They became bitter, and their hearts were cold as ice. They became known as the Unseelie Court.

The Faithful were changed as well. Several Titans who displayed great loyalty were elevated to godhood to replace those who fell during the war. Others would be given positions among the great hosts of the gods. The dragons, however, were weaker, having spent much of their power fighting. Nonetheless, they retained their splendor and grace. They would eventually become the dragons of stern metals, the Radiant Dragons. They would be keepers of lore and wielders of great magic. They would remain on Celesia, protecting it from the evils that arose from the Titan’s War. Only one dragon was elevated to divinity: Shenlong, the Aetherium Dragon. The first and most powerful Prime Dragon, he served as Kaï-den's mount and chief general during the war. As for the Titans and the Fey, they would depart from the physical reality, ending their time there.

The war had even changed the mood of the Creator Gods. Zhao-Kahn had begun to feel the burn of hatred, angered by the insolence of his children. Illia became more cautious in her affairs, and withdrew much of her involvement in the daily activities of the world, for she feared what more disruptions could do to the fragile Balance. Kaï-den was deeply saddened by the war and his children’s uprising, but gained wisdom in what had happened. The great Celestial Host split in three: a third remained as they were with Kaï-den, another third joined Illia to serve the balance and became known as the Aeons, and the remaining third agreed with Zhao-Kahn becoming the Scourging Host.

Despite this great tragedy, it did not dim the future of this young universe. Kaï-den had seen the hearts of those who remained Faithful, and saw how much they accomplished in the face of adversity. In the Younger Race, he saw how deep their potential ran as they managed to overcome enemies that should have been too mighty for them. Of all the Creator Gods, it was Kaï-den who had the most hope for the future.

And so, after millions of years, the First Age came to an end. The work of creation was over, and it would now be the time to grow.



Preceeded by:
Dawn of Creation

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Succeeded by:
Age of Horrors

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